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Scaffolding and now paint
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Bkeepr    Posted 09-07-2004 at 04:33:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks again for all the advice on scaffolding. I'm up to the 3d floor windows, and am scraping and painting them before I get up to the roof and chimney...going slow. Still hate it up there, but it is bearable now that it isn't wobbling quite so much.

Now a new question that came to me as I was painting.

What good is primer? I mean, I know it goes underneath the top coat, but why? How come a topcoat doesn't stick as well as a primer? How come a primer can't be used as a top coat? What's the difference, and why?

thanks...funny how you get philosophical when you're doing things you really hate and can't get out of.

Tom A

Pete's Dream    Posted 09-07-2004 at 07:51:19       [Reply]  [No Email]

On one of those well known home improvement programs they ask the painter what type of paint he was using for the siding. The answer was latex. When ask what type of primer was being used the painter said. We just water down the latex paint.

Mike(Wi)    Posted 09-07-2004 at 07:31:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Regarding both wood and metal. Primer is very pourous. It "bites" very well into the surface to cover, and also leaves a "biteable" surface for the top coat to stick to.

Because it is so pourous, it will not keep out water or moisture and therefore is not a good final coat.

Hope that helps.


Willy-N    Posted 09-07-2004 at 06:56:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
The first time I had to work 185 ft off the ground it realy bothered me. After I spent 12 hours inside a little 3'X 3' box and climbed the ladder up to that height I got used to it swaying around. At the end of the day I was sitting on the side of the box enjoying the veiw. You will get used to it. Mark H.

mojo    Posted 09-07-2004 at 04:42:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Primer is just a bonding agent, it doesn't seal very well, whereas the top coat seals but doesn't adhere well. HTH

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